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Sanitary Vehicle Restriction by COVID-19 and the Fundamental Right to Free Transit

On March 16, a State of Emergency was declared in Costa Rica due to the COVID-19 disease, which causes coughing, fever, and serious respiratory problems. Given this unusual situation, the Executive Power of Costa Rica, in compliance with current regulations and being responsible for protecting the lives of the inhabitants

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Holy Week Vehicle Restriction & Curfew

This afternoon, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, the President announced the following new restrictions aiming to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus: 1. Long-distance transportation services (buses) will be restricted to travel less than 75 kilometers. 2. Places with sanitary operation permits (restaurant, cafes, sodas) must remain closed. Home delivery services are

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CP-230-2020 1 April 2020

Measures do not restrict access to basic services. Night-time vehicle restriction nationwide is extended between Friday April 3-Tuesday April 7 from 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Long-distance public transportation is also restricted, and closure of establishments holding sanitary permits and open to the public will be carried out. Home delivery

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vehicle restriction and exceptions

Note: As informed on Friday 27th, the nationwide vehicle restriction, now runs from 8 p.m to 5 a.m on weekends and 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weeknights. Attention: Only these vehicles will be permitted in traffic nationwide from 10:00 p.m.–5 a.m.  To be enforced nationwide between 10:00 p.m – 5 a.m. Emergency,

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if I travel my status would be cancelled

As announced earlier in the week, the President alerted that any foreign national with legal status (meaning Residents, people with Special Categories, Estancias or applications in progress) who departs the country during the COVID19 crisis will automatically lose their immigration status. The summary of the press conference can be found

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Efforts done so far
Health CareImmigration

Outlier Legal Services has been working on getting answers to outstanding questions that remain unaddressed during the COVID19 crisis. So far, we have filed or will file clarification requests on the following items: Will foreign nationals be allowed to drive with a valid foreign driver’s license but an expired entry

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Press Relase by the President’s Office

At 12:54 Monday, March 23, 2020, the President announced that any foreign national that leaves the country during the COVID-19 crisis will lose their status. This applies to any Temporary or Permanent Resident, Special Categories, etc. and people with applications in progress. If you are interested in keeping your Immigration

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health order
Health CareImmigrationTravel

As many Expats have been wondering, people who are allowed back into the country during this period (meaning between now and until April 12, 2020, at 23:59, when borders are supposed to reopen) will be asked to complete a 14-day quarantine at their place of residency. People who are asked to complete the

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Exceptions to the Entry Ban Rule

As announced: Starting March 18, 2020 at 23:59 and until April 12, 2020 at 23:59, only Residents and Costa Rican nationals may enter the country as a result of the COVID19 crisis. Some of the exceptions to the rule, per Decree N° 42238 – MGP – S are: Costa Rican

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dgme covid19

The Immigration Department issued this evening Resolution N° DJUR-043-03-2019-JM, which, in summary, states: The Immigration Department WILL NOT receive Residency applications going forward and until May 17, 2020. This includes all categories. Basically, Residency applications are suspended until May 17, 2020. Consequently, documents which will expire within this period will
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